Welcome to THE RANCH!

Nicki Butler

As an Equine Professional I judge horse shows, teach riding lessons,train horses and do equine bodywork. Formerly the manager for UW Hoofer Riding Club at Pleasant View Stables and Hoofer Equestrian Center, I live in Madison, Wisconsin. I do not own my own farm, but travel to wherever my clients/students horses live. My major interest is eventing and dressage. I also have experience with Huntseat, Jumping, Western, Saddleseat and Gaited horses.

I have been a Wisconsin Horse Council certified judge for over 30 years. (Open shows and Wi 4H) I have judged many county 4H shows over those years, The Wisconsin State Fair Championship Challenge and The Upper Michigan State Fair.

My intention when I judge is to see and reward the horse that is closest to the ideal of perfection for their breed or type. In a riding or driving class I especially love to see the connection that shows true harmony and partnership between horse and human.

My goal is to compare competitors in a positive way and to nurture and support humane, positive (and fun!) riding and showing. I constantly learn about new breeds,show standards and types of competitions and enjoy the chance to see beautiful horses of all kinds.

Thank-you to all the show committees who work so hard to put on these shows! You are appreciated!!

I am a nationally certified riding instructor (since 1995) through the ARICP (American Riding Instructor Certification Program). I teach beginning to intermediate riders ON THEIR OWN HORSES. I specialize in “problem solving” and “restorative riding” improving safe, sound, and sane fundamentals for horse and rider. I teach huntseat, western, dressage and jumping.

BODYWORK (Equine Massage)
I am a certified ESMT (Equine Sports Massage Therapist) I also use myofascial release, Reiki (energy work) and am learning cranio-sacral techniques. Also an area where constant learning is a basic requirement! I love to help horses feel better and improve horse/rider communication by encouraging the owner/rider to feel and engage with the horse on a deeper level.